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Interesting Articles - April 26th 2017

1. The best camera is the one that is in your pocket (5 mins)

Smartphone cameras have come a long way, and these experimental features (algorithms) on Nexus and Pixel devices are simple breathtaking. It's going to be exciting times in the near future with the sensors in the camera and what algorithms can do with those pixels.

https://research.googleblog.com/2017/04/experimental-nighttime-photography-with.html



2. The fixation with Singapore Healthcare system (5 mins)

The only healthcare system Conservatives and Republicans like is the Singapore Healthcare system. 

"What’s the reason for Singapore’s success? It’s not government spending. The state, using taxes, funds only about one-fourth of Singapore’s total health costs. Individuals and their employers pay for the rest. In fact, the latest figures show that Singapore’s government spends only $381 (all dollars in this article are U.S.) per capita on health—or one-seventh what the U.S. government spends.
Singapore’s system requires individuals to take responsibility for their own health, and for much of their own spending on medical care."


http://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2017/4/25/15356118/singapore-health-care-system-explained


3. The wonders of Science - Researchers have Successfully grown Premature Lambs in an Artificial Womb (3 mins)

This is crazy! If all things go according to plan, the researchers plan to do this with humans in 3-5 years. As with any technology, there are pros and cons with this approach. Leaving the moral argument aside, one can see the benefits of eliminating the health risk of a pregnancy.

http://www.sciencealert.com/researchers-have-successfully-grown-premature-lambs-in-an-artificial-womb

4. Facebook + Data Science = Trove of Data! (12 mins)

This is almost 2 years old, but I just found it recently. If you are data nerd, this is gold!

http://blog.stephenwolfram.com/2013/04/data-science-of-the-facebook-world/

Blue line is for Men and Pink Line is for Women.



5. USS Starship Enterprise

Just look at this picture. This building by a Chinese Entrepreneur is complete and it is awesome! The only thing I hope that it would do is....explore :-)





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